Catastrophic Injury Law
Our personal injury attorneys help injured people obtain compensation for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. Catastrophic injuries affect not only you, but also your family and often your ability to support those you love. When a catastrophic injury or wrongful death occurs, there are substantial details to manage: paperwork, arrangements, bills and loss of income, not to mention the emotional toll this type of injury or death can take on a family. We know how important it is to combine this understanding with strong advocacy abilities as we strive to successfully resolve personal injury and medical malpractice claims for you. The firm has a solid track record of successful outcomes and countless satisfied clients.
Capable + Compassionate
Our Catastrophic Injury practice is here to help with your wrongful death claims, product liability, spine and spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, severe paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia) and loss of hearing or sight. We work carefully with you to understand the full ramifications of your injury or the death of your loved one, and then advocate tirelessly for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
You’ll pay nothing to us for your catastrophic injury or wrongful death case unless and until we recover money for you. Our fee is a percentage of that recovery.
Wrongful Death Attorney
A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that someone was killed as a result of the negligence or other fault on the part of another person or company and that the surviving dependents or beneficiaries are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the wrongdoer’s conduct.
Any death in the family is difficult for the survivors, but wrongful death — a death that was unexpected and was caused by another’s negligence or fault — is especially difficult. At Lommen Abdo, our wrongful death lawyers investigate the death, determine liability and advocate on behalf of the survivors.
One part of our responsibility is to do a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death. The family needs and deserves to have their questions answered, as difficult as those answers may be.
Another part of our responsibility is to determine the losses of the survivors. All of them suffered anguish and grief. Many suffered financial losses to one degree or another, depending on their relationship to, and dependence on, the deceased.
Areas of focus:
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Liquor liability
- Industrial accidents
Wrongful death happens in many different ways, including:
- Car, truck and other transportation accidents
- Products liability in which a dangerous product caused the death
- Medical malpractice and medical negligence
- Other deaths caused by dangerous premises, assault and negligent security
How does Minnesota law work in wrongful death cases?
Under Minnesota law, the surviving spouse and children of the decedent are allowed to make claims for their losses, as are the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters of the person killed due to another’s negligence. Wrongful death cases can be complex and time-consuming, requiring the investment of substantial resources.
Minnesota law requires proof of “pecuniary” loss in wrongful death cases. Pecuniary loss means the loss of money or things that have monetary value. This includes not only the value of the loss of the deceased person’s earnings, but also the services he/she provided, whether around the home, caring for the children, or in other ways. In addition, however, Minnesota law has expanded to include the loss of the aide, comfort and love of the deceased person as part of the “pecuniary” loss.
Wrongful death cases require experienced attorneys to maximize the recovery for the family of a person killed by another’s negligence or fault. Lommen Abdo has a reputation as a firm with formidable litigators and in-depth knowledge of wrongful death and personal injury law. Our litigators will aggressively pursue your interests. Our attorneys have been on the Minnesota Super Lawyers list in litigation and appeals, Rising Stars in litigation, and on the The Best Lawyers in America© list in litigation. We understand the impact an unexpected death has on individuals and families and combine this understanding with our advocacy skills to successfully resolve wrongful death claims.
If a loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence or fault, talk to a wrongful death attorney about finding out the truth, getting justice for your loved one and getting fair compensation for the survivors. Act promptly so that any claim you may have does not become time-barred.
Catastrophic Injury + Wrongful Death Services
Auto, Truck + Boat Accidents
Accidents happen every day with cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles. Such accidents occur so frequently that everyone has either been in one or knows someone who has. Many of these accidents are not serious, but some cause major injury or death. Accident litigation seeks to protect people who have suffered personal injury and property damage because of a collision. Those involved may be faced with medical and/or funeral costs, lost income, pain and suffering and expensive vehicle repairs.
Auto accident liability is generally determined according to the laws of the state in which the accident occurs. Each state sets time deadlines to seek recovery of any damages that result from such an accident. Lommen Abdo’s personal injury lawyers can assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries and expenses.
Areas of focus:
- Minnesota no-fault law
- Wisconsin direct action law
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- ATV accidents
- Insurance coverage
As soon as possible after an auto accident, contact your insurance company. If there have been injuries or significant damage to any of the vehicles, you will also need to file a police report. Provide them with information you have collected, including:
- Names and contact information of drivers and passengers
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
- Police or emergency responders
- Vehicle registration information for all vehicles involved
- Insurance information from all drivers
- Time and location of accident
- How the accident occurred
- Any unusual circumstances (i.e. bad weather, missing stop sign, etc.)
- Known or suspected injuries
- Damage to any of the vehicles
- Any claims of responsibility made by any of those involved
If you or someone you know is injured and you need a lawyer, how do you decide which one to hire? You should find a lawyer who will listen to you. Find attorneys who are respected by their peers. Find attorneys who have experienced success in the area of personal injury litigation – both in the courtroom and in settlement of claims.
Lommen Abdo, a mid-size regional law firm with offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin, has experienced trial lawyers, who are recognized by their peers, and who have obtained outstanding results for their clients. Lommen Abdo attorneys have been on the Minnesota Super Lawyers list in personal injury and appeals and are listed in the Best Lawyers in America.
Although many personal injury claims resolve before litigation, Lommen Abdo’s reputation as a firm with formidable litigators and its in-depth knowledge of this type of law provide a two-fold advantage:
- Claims may be resolved without the necessity of litigation because opponents know Lommen Abdo’s capabilities, and
- If trial is necessary, our litigators will aggressively pursue your interests.
Our personal injury attorneys provide experienced and effective legal representation in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Areas of focus:
- Wrongful death claims
- Liquor liability and dram shop liability
- Automobile collisions
- No-fault automobile insurance issues
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims
- Premises liability
- Industrial accidents
Lommen Abdo’s attorneys also understand the impact an unexpected injury or death has on individuals and families. Firm members know how it is important to combine this understanding with their advocacy abilities while striving to successfully resolve personal injury and wrongful death claims for their clients. The firm has both a solid track record of successful outcomes and countless satisfied clients.
Catastrophic injuries are severe, leaving long lasting medical issues or disability. These injuries are due to the negligence of a company or individual and can include severe injury to the spine, spinal cord or brain. Catastrophic injury also occurs due to medical malpractice or negligence. Injuries can include amputation, paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia) or loss of hearing or site.
Commonly Asked Questions
It has taken me several months to work up the nerve to do anything about my situation. Am I running out of time to file a lawsuit against my doctor?
“Statutes of limitation” govern the length of time one has to file a lawsuit or be forever barred from pursuing such a claim. Each state has different statute of limitations periods that apply to personal injury cases under various circumstances. In some cases, the statute of limitations may be as short as one year, while under different circumstances, it may be four years or more. Many factors bear upon when the applicable statute of limitations period expires, including the age of the plaintiff, the type of personal injury claim, the particular facts giving rise to the injury, and others. One must make absolutely certain they are aware of when their statute of limitations period expires or risk jeopardizing their legal rights. An experienced personal injury lawyer can be of assistance in this regard.
I know lawyers can be expensive. How does your firm charge?
You pay nothing unless and until we recover money for you. Our fee is a percentage of that recovery.
What type of damages can be recovered?
The term ‘‘damages’’ refers to money awarded to the plaintiff in a personal injury case. Damages are intended to restore the injured person’s financial situation to a position roughly equivalent to what it was before the accident occurred. Damages can be awarded for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, permanent disability, mental stress, and other similar hardships. Lommen Abdo can advise you of your rights and responsibilities and answer questions specific to your case. We only receive a fee for our legal services if our client receives money from the parties responsible for the accident.
Act promptly so that any claim you may have does not become time-barred.
News + Articles
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